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A classic drama about the Salem witch trials. A gripping cautionary tale of individual courage in the face of mass hysteria and misguided morality.
When the Puritans settled in New England in the mid-1600s, they believed wholeheartedly that they had been chosen by God to create a new righteous society - one that would not fall prey to the ornate trappings of the Catholic Church. Theirs was a holy mission that faced many threats. A vast forest surrounded their tightly knit communities. That forest was considered to be the last bastion of the Devil - as was evidenced by the attacking armies of naked red men (the Devil's spawn) that would emerge from it to do battle. Petty grudges and rivalries, land-grabbing and liberal thought also threatened this most Christian society. And so, it is not wholly surprising that it fell prey to the cataclysmic event that we now generally call 'The Salem Witch Trials.'
Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953 at a time when the United States was seized by the mania of Joseph McCarthy's senate hearings. Those hearings fueled the fear that Communists had infiltrated the U.S. Department of State and other government offices. Many innocent people fell prey to the Committee's damning accusations and the resultant popular condemnation and blacklisting cost hundreds their jobs and reputations.
Perhaps the most ringing message to emerge from Miller's masterpiece is that, because of our own transgressions, we must not put ourselves in a position to judge others for theirs.
Written by Arthur Miller
Director: Greg Peterson
Studio Theatre, Sheridan
Betty Parris: Lindsay Thomas
Reverend Samuel Parris: Lucas Bryant
Tituba: Starr Domingue
Abigail Williams: Erin Leigh McFadden
Susanna Walcott: Lynze McDonald
Mrs. Ann Putnam: Aubrey Young, Katherine Fadum
Thomas Putnam: Craig Evans
Mercy Lewis: Amber Handley
Mary Warren: Tara Britt
John Proctor: Yasin Sheikh
Rebecca Nurse: Sarah McCully
Giles Corey: Aaron J. Walpole
Reverend John Hale: David Nevin, Justin Nurse
Elizabeth Proctor: Lisa Boivin, Shannon Kingsbury
Francis Nurse: Jamie McKnight
Ezekiel Cheever: John Edwards
Marshal Herrick: Christopher Jackson
Judge Hathorne: Michael Lomenda
Deputy Governor Danforth: Noah Henne
Sarah Good: Amanda Rose Moscar
The Crucible, Arthur Miller, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre
Theatre and Performance Studies
Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
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Theatre Sheridan, "The Crucible, April 19 – 29, 2000" (2000). Theatre Sheridan Productions. 95.
Peterson, G. (Director). (2000, April 19 – 29). The crucible [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.